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Fake Ghost Pictures
Learn about false ghost photos created by natural causes as well
ghost photographs deliberately faked.
Over many years, we have received photos from all over the
world. Some have been outright fakes, while others have been
false anomalies misindentified as ghosts in photographs.
It is our hope that this page helps answers some questions we
receive every month from viewers, such as, "How can I tell if this
is a ghost, or not, in my photo? How can I tell if a ghost picture is
Scientific Explanations for Some False Ghost Pictures
Science explains that some of what we see just aren't ghosts.
Matrixing / Pareidolia How patterns of things become familiar to us.
Anthropomorphizing Learn how we attribute human characteristics
to things that are non-human, seeing them differently.
Ghosts We Think We See Tips on what to look for in ghost photos.
Perspective Distortion How the camera lens can distort images and
what to look for when examining ghosts in photos.
Exif Data & Ghost Pictures Finding hidden information in
photographs that tell about the camera settings.
Outright Fake Ghost Photography
The following info features examples of "Photoshopped" or art
program-created ghost pictures and double-exposures.
Ghost Capture! Fake ghost pictures can be created from this
popular cell phone app - beware!
Ghost Camera Pro Another app that is being used to fake ghosts.
Dead Body Ghost Picture Double-exposure makes a cool effect of a
person "rising" out of their body.
Photoshopped Ghost Face Great example of how a graphic art
program can be used to edit a photo into a ghost picture.
Fake Haunted Graveyard Some editing of this picture made it eerie.
Fake Orb Ghost Pic Art program eraser tool makes orbs.
Examples of Fake Ghost Pictures Seen on the Internet
Some notorious fakes making their way around the web...
Ghost Girl This is definitely not a photo of a real female ghost.
Graveyard Girl Ghost Study contest asked people to place this
"ghost" in photographs to dupe people!
Three Men and a Baby Ghost Purposely-added ghost in a movie.
Mystery Shopper Ghost Just a not-so-good fake ghost picture.
Billingham Ghost Picture We're pretty sure this is another fake!
Interesting Note: Spirit Photography
Ghost photographs have been faked
since the 1800s when photographers
used lengthened exposures to create
spirit-like effects in photos. If a person
were to slide in and out of the picture
during a lengthened-exposure, their
image would appear see-through.
Sometimes, for families who lost a loved
one, photographers would overlay
another photo of the deceased relative in
with family portraits, creating the effect
of the whole clan being back together. To
do this, they used a technique known as
"double exposure." The shutter was
exposed more than once to two different
images: the family, and the photo of the
person. To learn more about this, see:
Ghost Hunting Tip: Know Your Camera
Most of the false ghost photos that are
generated come from improper use of the
camera. Before ghost investigating, read
your camera's owner's manual to learn
how the different settings of the camera
can alter the end result. Also, take photos
with your camera while attempting to
create the false ghost photo anomalies
listed at right. By doing this, you'll learn,
firsthand, what is real and what is not!
Years ago, we began working with other ghost investigators to
reproduce false photo anomalies that are typically misinterpreted
as being ghosts. Our goal was to attempt to have representations
of the most common photographic effects and blemishes for
comparison to photos we receive, monthly, from our audience.
Today, we are pleased to have a nice collection of "explanations"
and example images for many of the most common photo
abnormalities one might encounter while ghost hunting.
We have also found that pictures mislabeled as having ghosts, we
have found, may be due to proven scientific facts. Other supposedly
supernatural photographs may be downright frauds created by
talented photographers, graphic artists or computer programs.